The luxury boutique hotel The Marly, situated at 201 The Promenade on Camps Bay’s renowned Victoria Road, reopened its doors in time for the holiday season after an extensive five month renovation and expansion.
The ambitious five-month-long renovation included the addition of an entire new level – adding 27 extra suites to the previous 11, more than doubling the capacity of the hotel. Other developments include a new luxury gift shop – Boutique Marly – a concept store that will offer World class resort beach wear, accessories and luxury products; a new state-of-the-art gym; as well as a new spa – The Marly Spa, which offers an extensive menu of exclusive treatments, ranging from restorative massages and targeted facials to expert manicures and pedicures as well as a series of bespoke signature treatments, with international brands such as Carol Joy London and the 30-minute Ling Express Facials from New York, all unique to The Marly.
The design was inspired by the hotel’s namesake, Louis XIV’s decadent countryside palace Château de Marly in France. Gregor Bremmer of Soda Design, the lead designers for the project, also brought in modern elements such as unique panelling wallpaper, cloud wallpaper on the ceilings and contemporary chandeliers.
Bremmer explains that to replicate the paintings by old masters which hung in Louis XIV’s château, Soda commissioned the services of renowned South African artist, Riaan Van Zyl, who created a series of contemporary portraits which adorn the walls throughout the hotel.
Other whimsical features to be found at The Marly are Delft inspired hands mounted on the wall next to each room which hold up the room numbers, created by up-and-coming South African artist Sebastian Theart. The furniture in the hotel has been carefully curated, with each of the rooms dressed in a sophisticated palette of silvers, whites and grey. Soda Design custom designed each item that furnishes The Marly and commissioned local suppliers such as Guidelines, Herman Brink, Wunders and Sobeit to manufacture the unique items.
The hotel’s breakfast is served at sea-view restaurant Bilboa, which also offers in-room dining. A fabulous offering is the Baptiste rooftop venue, with its semi-submerged pool loungers and spectacular beach, ocean and mountain views.
Access to Baptiste and the rooftop pool is carefully managed to ensure a premium experience for guests. The pool is open to from 8am until 8pm every day, with the lounge and bar opening from 9am to 11am (for a coffee and water service). From 11am until 10pm the Baptiste lounge and bar opens, with full service, for both guests and the public – reservations in advance are recommended as space is highly limited.